Munster lock Paul O'Connell has defended his role in the incident that saw Clermont Auvergne's Jamie Cudmore sent off in Saturday's Heineken Cup clash.
The European champions left it very late to snatch a 23-13 victory from under the noses of the French team, scoring two tries in a four-minute spell to send the Top 14 club home without the consolation of a bonus point.
O'Connell was at the centre of the first half's most controversial moment when, after a bout of fisticuffs with Cudmore, the Clermont lock was sent off while the Munster skipper was sin-binned.
"I saw him (Cudmore) going for Jerry (Flannery) on the ground, so I went to grab him, and pull him off Jerry,” he said.
"I think he had three punches in on me before I knew it. That's it, but we've kissed and made up already!
"These things happen. They're a team that play with a lot of heart and passion and these things will happen in rugby matches.
"I've a lot of respect for them, the way they played today and the way they played in the last few weeks and I'm looking forward to their performance against Sale."